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Top 10 Lake Tahoe summer activities

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Adventure awaits once you step outside Granlibakken. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, golf or grab some wake action behind a speed boat, here are a few popular choices.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park. Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

Soar through the trees in our Treetop Adventure Park.
Photo Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen.

  1. If you have a wild side, try our Treetop Adventure Park. The only aerial adventure park in California is open year round and will send you zipping, soaring and jumping from obstacle to obstacle.
  2. Lace up your hiking shoes: Whether you like your hikes light and easy or moderate to strenuous, there are a number of maintained paths around Granlibakken that will hook you up with either the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) or both as they overlap.
  3. Cruise the lake: Rent a boat, Jet Ski, kayak or paddleboard and head out on the lake for a couple of hours. Tahoe City Marina offers plenty the best water recreation options, dining and shopping. Built in the 1940’s and located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City, it is one of the largest and oldest marinas on the Lake.
  4. Water Taxi: Ditch the car and hop onto a water taxi. With four lakeside locations linked, a full season of dock hopping awaits thanks to a unique water transit service at Lake Tahoe’s north shore. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle fires up for its first full season June 27.
  5. Dine in by the lake: Tahoe dining is superb and offers ample lakeside restaurants to choose from. Some recommendations would be Sunnyside, Jake’s, and Gar Woods.
  6. Take a Tram: Ride to the top and see it all. Aerial Tram rides at Squaw Valley provide for some breathtaking scenery. The Aerial Tram is a spectacular and leisurely ride 2,000 vertical feet to the High Camp, el. 8200 feet. The Aerial Tram is one of Squaw Valley’s most popular year-round attractions and is open to all guests. Once you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe as well as access to numerous activities, including roller skating and dining.
  7. Odds in your favor: Lake Tahoe is the place to be for Vegas-style gambling without the crowd. Visit one of the many casinos on the North Shore Nevada side for fantastic gaming opportunities.
  8. Tee it up: One of Lake Tahoe’s truest truths is that when winter turns to spring, and spring melts into summer, all the runoff from the snowfall rejuvenates and restores the green life back into 24 regional courses. Regardless of where you play, whether your course snakes through a glacially etched valley, contours along Lake Tahoe itself, or winds links-style through the trees, you’re going to witness some of the most eye-popping views found in Northern California and Nevada. Here’s some of our favorites from the North and West Shores and Truckee area.
  9. Float: Enjoy a relaxing river raft adventure through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass) and ride the river in solitude.
  10. Get your spokes in motion: There are dozens of on and off-road bike trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests and access to nearby trails.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Granlibakken

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

While the calendar still says it’s spring, Memorial Day weekend is the clarion call for summer. And there’s no better place to celebrate than by the shores of Lake Tahoe and at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge.

In honor of the long holiday weekend, Granlibakken is offering an extended stay package that includes three nights lodging for the price of two and its famous hot breakfast buffet. With the free night you’ll have some extra cash to take in all of the North Lake holiday fun.

Opening Day on the Lake festivities run from May 24-28 in North Lake.

Opening Day on the Lake festivities run from May 24-28 in North Lake.

Opening weekend for the West and North shores of Lake Tahoe runs Friday, May 24, to Tuesday, May 28 with a plethora of activities to suite every taste. There will be boat demos, sales, full moon parties, tours and scavenger hunts. Print out a “passport” and get stamped at different locations to be entered to win prizes. Ten stamps earns you an instant prize at participating businesses and fifteen stamps gets you into the raffle for your chance at winning gift certificates, lodging, dining, kayak and paddleboard rentals, spa treatments and other great prizes.

The summer season kick off doesn’t stop there. Deck parties, food, music, boat rides, bike rides, swimming and tennis are also on the calendar for fun. Bring your bike or rent one onsite at Granlibakken, hike the Tahoe Rim Trail from Granlibakken or have a go at the Treetop Adventure Park which opens daily for the summer season, Friday, May 24.

Enjoy a relaxing float through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids on the Truckee River to jump start your summer. The Truckee River Raft Co. is opening for the season, Saturday, May 25. Pack your cooler with snacks and drinks (no Styrofoam or glass please) and get ready for a day of fun in the sun.

Other lodging packages begin start $105 and includes options such as 2.5 hours at Treetop Adventure Park a $50 credit toward any spa service at Lighthouse Spa, 1/2 day of paddleboard or kayak rentals, river rafting opportunities or 9 holes of golf with cart.

To make reservations for Memorial Day weekend or week days or weekends through summer, call (877) 552-6301.

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend?

Three bike trails worth trying in Tahoe City

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Trading in your skis or snowboard for a mountain or road bike comes with the seasons. Throughout the Tahoe City region there are dozens of on and off-road trails, fit for novices to experts. Granlibakken teams up with West Shore Sports in the summer to provide mountain bike rentals for guests.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District and Caltrans fund bicycle trails in and around Tahoe City. Paved trails run from Tahoe City to Dollar Point, Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park and from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley.

The bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw offers scenic views and intermediate terrain.

The bike trail from Tahoe City to Squaw offers scenic views and intermediate terrain.

Here are three of our favorite West Shore bike trails.

  1. Tahoe City to Dollar Point: This is a paved, mostly flat multi-use trail that runs 2.5 miles with an easy 1/2 mile climb up Dollar Point. The Trail gives bikers access to Burton Creek State Park, Skylandia Park, Lake Forest Beach, Lake Forest Boat Ramps and Campgrounds, Pomin Park and Tahoe State Park. This novice trail is easy and well suited for family rides.
  2. Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park: This 9 mile section of paved multi-use bike trail runs along West Shore Boulevard and includes several highway crossings, 2 miles of highway shoulder and residential streets. Some moderate grades are included, as well as scenic lake views. The trail provides access to Kilner Park, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis, fishing, boating and campgrounds. Access to Ward and Blackwood Canyons await you at the end. This is a good choice for riders looking for variety and some good climbs.
  3. Blackwood Canyon: This 5-mile round trip into Blackwood Canyon is a good beginner/intermediate 2.5 mile trail mixed with gentle terrain brings you to open meadows and sweeping valley of aspen groves. Further into Blackwood Canyon, beyond the road, the trail becomes more challenging as experienced bikers can ascend the seven mile trail to Barker Pass. The trailhead is Located at the intersection of Highway 89 and Blackwood Canyon Road, 4 miles south of Tahoe City.

Outdoor recreation options abound at Granlibakken as weather warms

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Lake Tahoe, locals refer to the transition between spring and summer as the “shoulder season.” But that does not mean there is a shortage of outdoor fun.

It’s a time when mountains are winding down their operations, while at the same time preparing for the sun-soaked days and the refreshing cool nights that Tahoe summers are known for.

With plenty of biking, hiking and other recreation opportunities, the shoulder season lends itself to outdoor activities, without the large crowds often found in the peak periods of winter and summer.

Explore the grounds of Granlibakken and Tahoe city on a bike or your feet.

Explore the grounds of Granlibakken and Tahoe city on a bike or your feet.

Whether you’re looking for a midweek escape or a romantic weekend getaway, choose from several lodging options and book a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed internet service in case you need to do business in between activities.

After you’ve checked in you, you’re on your way to enjoying the peace and serenity that comes with the season with onsite tennis courts, wide open nature trails along the Truckee River and the nearby Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort. If you’re ready to trade your skis for mountain bikes, Granlibakken has them available, too.

Before you start your day, you’ll need the added fuel if your plans demand quick energy and high-endurance. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests. Featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments – the buffet is always a crowd pleaser.

You can take your spring step further with the added physical challenge of California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.

After spending the day taking command of those nearby hills by mountain bike, hiking shoes or at the Adventure Park, you can return to a luxurious pool, sauna and hot tub area to relax and rejuvenate. If you need your tired muscles worked, try a massage at the Lighthouse Spa.

What’s your favorite “shoulder season” activity?

16 Facts about Granlibakken

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

With spring’s transformation and renewal at Lake Tahoe underway, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is gearing up for the season with plenty of hiking, biking and outdoor recreation opportunities at its 74-acre playground.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open  seven days a week.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open seven days a week.

As the weather warms and the snow melts, choices abound. Here are a few facts to consider for your visit.

  1. Choose from a variety of lodging options like a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed Internet service.
  2. Meet up with long-lost friends, classmates and family members at Granlibakken for a reunion.
  3. Walk to Tahoe City or the Truckee River along the resort’s 1.4-mile forest path and take in the surrounding beauty of the nature trail.
  4. Play a game of tennis on one of the resort’s five courts or sign-in for a refresher course at the Lake Tahoe Nike Tennis Camp held annually in summer.
  5. Enjoy the sun beside a luxurious pool and hot tub area.
  6. Relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s sauna.
  7. Build up a sweat at the Lodge’s outdoor par course.
  8. Hike Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort.
  9. Zip, launch and ascend 15 to 50 feet above the trees along more than 50 platforms at the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course.
  10. Grab a mountain bike, available onsite, and go for a ride.
  11. Relax and unwind inside the Lighthouse Spa.
  12. Attend the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in the fall. The summit offers workshops, speakers, health screenings, socials and continuing education certification.
  13. Build a better business through teamwork. Granlibakken is nationally recognized as a destination for corporate retreats and conferences. Company leaders can outline goal-setting and mission statements for half of the day, and send their fearless crews out into the woods for mountain biking and hiking adventures or in the spirit of friendly competition, settle scores on either the tennis courts or at the Treetop Adventure Park.
  14. Dine in and feast. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests and its exquisite dining opportunities during conferences, reunions and weddings.
  15.  Tie the knot or watch couples who do. Granlibakken offers several year-round indoor and outdoor venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging and receptions with Lake Tahoe serving as the backdrop.
  16. During the winter you can stay at Granlibakken and ski at your choice of eight different Lake Tahoe Mountains – Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Ski and stay packages start at $145.

What activities do you enjoy during your stay at Granlibakken?

Ten reasons for visiting Granlibakken this winter

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

If you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle thinking about Lake Tahoe and how much you’d rather be there instead of sitting at work – you’re not alone! And we can help. Granlibakken has 10 reasons to visit the resort before the snow stops.

Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!

Everyone could use a snowy escape to Granlibakken!

10) Ski and snowplay: Granlibakken has its own intimate ski and snowboard hill and separate snowplay area, ideal for families with children, beginning and intermediate skiers. Affordable and packed with just as many thrills found at nearby ski mountains, guests can rent equipment (skis, snowboards, poles, boots, cross country skis, snowshoes and helmets) and then climb aboard a lift for a full or half-day of downhill adventure.

9) Stay and ski packages: Not only does Granlibakken have its great ski and snow play area but it also offers access to eight world class ski mountains. The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages include lodging and lift tickets at Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $145 mid-week.

8) Walk or ski in the wild: Whether you strap on a pair of long skis or snow shoes, there’s plenty of action off the beaten path. The terrain is wide open with trails to glide across or stomp through with specially-fitted cross country skis or snowshoes. You can explore acres of forest trails for a weekday or weekend’s worth of discovery and lose yourself with the high sierra backdrop and quiet serenity that only cross country trails can offer. Guests have easy access to popular trailheads that provide miles of ungroomed terrain.

7) Lighthouse Spa: Relax the mind, kneed the body, tap into your spirit and find balance with a number of spa treatments offered at Granlibakken’s Lighthouse Spa. Whether you’re looking for deep tissue massage, reflexology treatments or a body wrap, the Lighthouse Spa offers two treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages each aimed at taking the edge off those things that stress the body and mind.

6) Delicious meals: Dining options and getaway stays go hand-in-hand. Lodge guests are treated every morning to a full-spread and hearty breakfast buffet featuring fresh fruit, homemade muffins, quiches, blintzes, eggs, and the daily chef’s special, plus all the accompaniments. The Cedar House Pub is the resort’s on-site restaurant that offers cozy fireside dining, daily specials and kid-friendly items through March 30.

5) Lodging options: Designed for intimate overnights and large-group getaways, Granlibakken has a number of first rate suites, studios, condominiums, townhomes and chalets available for any need and price range. All guests have rooms equipped with Cable television with DVD; direct dial phone with voicemail and wired/wireless internet access and in-room coffee maker. Options include a kitchen, fireplace, dining area, loft and a deck or patio. In addition, all guests have access to our heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

4)  Soar above the trees: Take the wintertime outdoor challenge to another level with California’s first Treetop Adventure Park, “where ropes course meets zip line on steroids.” The high-tree intertia-bending course consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.

3) A large playground: Granlibakken is a Norwegian name meaning a hill sheltered by trees. The Resort occupyies 74 wooded acres in a picturesque mountain valley.

2) A massive lake: Lake Tahoe – spectacular views of big blue are minutes away from the lodge.

1) Because you deserve it.

Granlibakken is your destination for 2012-2013 stay and ski packages

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge will add additional ways challenge yourself this 2012-2013 winter season by including access to eight world class ski mountains and their Treetop Adventure Park.

The resort’s popular and affordable stay and ski packages includes lodging and lift tickets at Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Sugar Bowl, Mt. Rose, Heavenly Mountain Resort or Sierra-at-Tahoe with rates starting at $145 mid-week. Or guests can choose the ultimate physical challenge at California’s first-of-its-kind Treetop Adventure Park, where ropes course meets zip line on steroids. This action-packed playground is an obstacle course set in the trees, 30 feet off the ground. Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk and maneuver their way through a number of obstacles, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges.

With lodging packages including lift tickets to eight different mountains why would you go anywhere else?

As part of the midweek package, which offers Sunday to Thursday night lodgings and Monday through Friday, all-day skiing and Adventure Park access through April 1, there’s also the resort’s famous hot buffet breakfast – heavy carbs optional and comfortable amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna.

Accommodations range from cozy lodge rooms to studios with fireplaces and kitchens to one to eight bedroom townhomes. The lift ticket is exchangeable for a $65 credit for on-site amenities at the Lighthouse Spa or the Granlibakken Ski and Snowboard Hill.

Lighthouse Spa offers a menu of wellness packages including therapeutic massage, skin care, spa manicure-pedicures, holistic body treatments, body waxing and health consultations from a staff of professional therapists. Granlibakken, home to the 1932 Olympic ski jumping trials maintains its rustic charm while delivering a high-tech vacation headquarters for families, groups and travelers including free Wi-Fi throughout the resort and transportation from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The Great Pumpkin Patch and Bounce-0-Ween highlight Tahoe City Halloween festivities

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

With fall colors firmly set and those night time Lake Tahoe temperatures dropping, the snow has already begun to fly. Ahead of the holidays is Harvest and Halloween.

Downtown Tahoe City’s “Great Pumpkin” can be found Oct. 27 during the Community Festival and Pumpkin Patch at Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane in Tahoe City. This family event features costume contests, carnival games, pony rides, bounce house and face painting. Back for the third year is the Giant Pumpkin Seed Hunt, a favorite activity for kids and perfect photo opportunity for parents.

Don't miss the Pumpkin Patch at Rideout Community Center Oct. 27.

Night time pre-Halloween venues include Bride of Bounce-O-Ween at Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar, Saturday, Oct. 27. This glitch-hop dubstep party features Ft Russ Liquid, Thriftworks and Hamm FM. Show begins at 9 p.m.

You’re sure to find plenty of drink and food specials for Halloween at any number of downtown bars and restaurants including the Blue Agave, the Bridgetender, Pete N’ Peter’s, Lakeside Pizza and Sports Bar, The River Grill and Rosie’s Cafe.

Granlibakken August photo contest winners

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Congratulations to our photo contest winners for the month of August – Tor Rolf Johansen and Denise Ellison! After some incredible photos submitted via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email, we saw that Johansen and Ellison brilliantly captured the exhilaration and excitement of California’s first Treetop Adventure Park. Each will receive a two-night stay at Granlibakken.

Tor Rolf Johansen caught this guy mid scream.

Stay tuned for our September winner which we’ll announce soon. You still have time to capture images and submit for your chance to win.

If you win your photos will appear on our Facebook page.

Denise Ellison captured her friend at a great height.

Have any great photos of your family or significant other making it through one of the high-endurance obstacle courses? How about a pic of your friends zipping 30-feet above the ground from tree to tree? Enter and you could win a two-night stay for four with all the great Lake Tahoe indoor and amenities including hot buffet breakfast, courtesy of Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

Here’s how:

— Take a photograph of your Adventure Park experience at Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge.

— Share your photos on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter with the hashtag #Granlibakken. Facebook users, upload your photos and tag the official Granlibakken Facebook Fan Page right on the photograph. If you would like to email photos, send to photos@granlibakken.com.

— Enter as many times as you like.

Deadlines:

Entries for each month are due by the last day of the month. Winner will be chosen and notified early the following month by Granlibakken staff.

Eligibility:

Open to everyone, 18 years of age or older at date of entry.

Questions: Email us at photos@granlibakken.com

For more information click here.

Fall the off-season? No way.

Monday, October 15th, 2012

By Tim Hauserman

Fall at Lake Tahoe…you never know what you are going to get, but it is all good. This September we were treated  to Summer Part Two with warm temperatures, light winds and with all those kids back in school, no crowds. The entire month was perfect for kayaking, paddleboarding and whatever else you wanted to do on Lake Tahoe. Even swimming  in the lake remained somewhere between bracing and refreshing, instead of what it will soon be: bone chilling. It was a great month for hiking into Desolation Wilderness and dipping into the barely bearable waters of Fontanillis and Dicks  Lakes, or enjoying those classic Tahoe locales that get a bit too busy in the summer, like Emerald Bay and the walk to Vikingsholm.

Desolation Wilderness, looking towards Dicks Peak

 

What’s up for October?
It could be more of the same, but more likely we are in for a cool down, which is just  fine, because the crisp mountain air just adds to the beauty of a great Sierra tradition: the yellowing of the aspen trees. Granlibakken is just a four mile hike or mountain bike ride from one of the best places to see those fall colors: Page Meadows. The Tahoe Rim Trail passes just above the Treetop Adventure Park, and after an initial steep climb, gets more gentle before entering the first of a series of interconnected meadows all bordered by aspen trees.  Each meadow displays it’s own version of fall paradise, and the combination of green meadow, colorful trees and Twin Peaks standing tall in the background is the stuff of good photos. Keep your eyes open for a Basque sheepherders oven constructed in the 1950s on the edge of the lowest meadow.

An easier route for mountain bikers to Page is to catch the trail behind the tennis courts which heads up to Rawhide Drive. From the top of Rawhide, follow the dirt road past the top of the Granlibakken ski lifts up to Page Meadows. Riders will enjoy the smooth riding conditions and after a mile of steady climbing, the trail begins to level out. Another half mile brings you to a right turn that takes you downhill, past a little snippet of meadow to a junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail. Here a right turn takes you back to Granlibakken and Tahoe City on the TRT. A left turn dishes out some of the best riding on the whole TRT, twisting and turning to the edge of the meadows.

Where else to find fall colors?
Marlette Lake, above the east shore, is one of my favorites. You can park at Spooner Lake, or head up Highway 50 about a half mile towards Carson City to the Tahoe Rim Trail parking area on the north side of the highway. From here your path takes you through a thick grove of aspens to Spooner Lake, where you follow the North Canyon Road to the Marlette Lake Trail. Four miles of hiking brings you to the aspen lined shore of Marlette Lake, along the route you enjoy views of the fall color bonanza that is Snow Valley.

Fall in Page Meadows

 

Hope Valley and Blue Lakes Road is the place to go for a fall spin on your road bike. Begin at the junction of Highway 88 and 89 south of Meyers, and head towards Kirkwood through miles of lush yellowness. Looking for more? Take the lightly used Blue Lakes Road on its delightful 12 mile journey through some of the best terrain the high sierra has to offer.  Wherever you choose to go, times a wasting. Before you know it instead of looking at yellows and reds in the Sierra, we will be looking at the cold white stuff. So carpe diem.

Tim Hauserman wrote the guidebook
to the Tahoe Rim Trail, the 3rd edition of which was published in August. He lives a stone’s throw from Granlibakken.

 
 
 
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